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12:35 PM ET, April 9, 2020

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Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Bernie's Gone, and Trump Is Screwed.  Here's How Biden Wins.  —  Never let up.  Never stop reminding voters that both the deaths and the economic depression we're entering are a disaster of Trump's making.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  There are few things Donald Trump wanted more in 2020 than Bernie Sanders as the Democratic nominee.
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Melissa Holzberg / NBC News:
Biden holds lead in latest general election polls  —  Apparent Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is hanging onto his lead in two general election polls against President Trump this week.  In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, released Wednesday, and Monmouth University poll released Thursday …
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Biden Maintains Lead  —  Most voters agree it is time for Sanders to bow out  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden holds a 4 point lead over Donald Trump in the race for president, which is similar to his 3 point lead in last month's national Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
Discussion: NBC News, Political Wire and QU Poll
Grace Sparks / CNN:
CNN poll: Biden leads Trump in national head-to-head matchup
Discussion: Vox
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden, now presumptive nominee, holds edge over Trump in general election polls
Discussion: The Hill, New York Post and Bloomberg
John F. Harris / Politico:
Bernie's Legacy Hangs in the Balance
Discussion: The Week, IJR, Breitbart and NBC News
CNN:
Biden campaign braces for general election: ‘This is the beginning of a very difficult race’
NBC News:
Democrats didn't buy Sanders' revolution, but they might post-coronavirus
Discussion: The Week, CNN and The Hill
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Pence's office blocks public health officials from appearing on CNN  —  New York (CNN Business)Vice President Mike Pence's office has declined to allow the nation's top health officials to appear on CNN in recent days and discuss the coronavirus pandemic killing thousands of Americans …
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Most New York Coronavirus Cases Came From Europe, Genomes Show  —  Travelers seeded multiple cases starting as early as mid-February, genomes show.  —  New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case …
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New York Times:   Coronavirus Updates: Studies Show N.Y. Outbreak Originated in Europe
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Wasted Briefings  —  The sessions have become a boring show of President vs. the press.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  A friend of ours who voted for President Trump sent us a note recently saying that she had stopped watching the daily White House briefings of the coronavirus task force.
Discussion: Tangle, HuffPost, Mediaite and Raw Story
Reuters:
Cut salaries, taxes to reopen U.S. economy says Laffer, conservative fave  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican economist Art Laffer, an architect of the Reagan era tax cuts that paved the way for historic budget deficits in the United States, has a plan to rejuvenate today's pandemic-crippled economy.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Trump preparing to unveil second coronavirus task force, officials say
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:   Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says US could be open for business in May
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate fails to approve new coronavirus relief after partisan stalemate  —  The Senate adjourned on Thursday with no deal to deliver coronavirus aid as Democrats and Republicans rejected each other's bids for new spending.  —  Senate Democrats blocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attempt …
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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Senate adjourns until Monday after Democrats block McConnell's bid to add $250 billion in small business aid
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:   Dems block McConnell bid to swiftly approve $250B more for small business fund
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US weekly jobless claims total 6.6 million, vs 5 million expected  —  Jobless rolls continued to swell due to the coronavirus shutdown, with 6.6 million Americans filing first-time unemployment claims in the week ended April 4, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
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New York Times:
Live Stock Marker Tracker During Coronavirus Pandemic
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Jerry Falwell Jr. says warrants are out for 2 journalists after critical stories on coronavirus decision  —  Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, said on Wednesday that arrest warrants had been issued for journalists from The New York Times and ProPublica …
Kyunghee Park / Bloomberg:
Coronavirus May ‘Reactivate’ in Cured Patients, Korean CDC Says  —  The coronavirus may be “reactivating” in people who have been cured of the illness, according to Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  —  About 51 patients classed as having been cured in South Korea …
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
‘One of the greatest travesties in American history’: Barr drops all pretense about ongoing probe of Russia investigation  —  Attorney General William P. Barr hasn't been terribly subtle about where he stands on the appropriateness of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
General says coronavirus likely to affect more Navy ships  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders anticipate that the coronavirus is likely to strike more Navy ships at sea after an outbreak aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific infected more than 400 sailors, a top general said Thursday.
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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trip to Guam at center of top Navy official's resignation cost taxpayers over $243,000
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia primary delayed again to June 9 during coronavirus emergency  —  Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Thursday postponed Georgia's primary election for three weeks, until June 9, as the coronavirus spreads, poll workers quit and voters worry about getting sick at precincts.
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Ben Nadler / Associated Press:
Georgia postpones primaries again because of coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Barr calls lockdown measures ‘draconian,’ and suggests they should be revisited next month  —  Attorney General William P. Barr said Wednesday that some of the government-imposed lockdown measures meant to control the spread of covid-19 were “draconian” and suggested that they should be eased next month.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jeff Brady / NPR:
Federal Support Ends For Coronavirus Testing Sites As Pandemic Peak Nears  —  Some local officials are disappointed the federal government will end funding for coronavirus testing sites this Friday.  In a few places those sites will close as a result.  This as criticism continues that not enough testing is available.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Steven Shepard / Politico:
The briefings aren't working: Trump's approval rating takes a dip  —  In times of national crisis, the American people typically come together behind their president.  —  But not this one.  —  Donald Trump isn't benefiting from what political scientists refer to as a “rally 'round the flag” …
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
As pandemic deepens, Trump cycles through targets to blame  —  In this April 7, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump calls on a reporter for a question as he speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.  First, it was the media that was at fault.
Bloomberg:
Fauci Slashes U.S. Death Projection, Raising Hope for Reopening  — Top infectious disease official credits social distancing  — Fatalities of as many as 200,000 Americans had been estimated  —  One of President Donald Trump's top medical advisers slashed projections for U.S …
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Bill O'Reilly's Macabre Take: Many Who Died From Coronavirus ‘Were on Their Last Legs Anyway’  —  Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly offered a decidedly macabre take on the mounting global death toll from coronavirus, telling his former primetime colleague Sean Hannity that many of the fatalities …
Discussion: The Wrap
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
British news outlets ‘could fail due to coronavirus ad-blocking’  —  Firms urged to abandon blocklisting as online stories generate record traffic but little revenue  —  Ministers are demanding advertisers start placing their promotions next to online news stories about the coronavirus …
Catherine Herridge / CBS News:
Former Trump campaign adviser denied campaign was involved in DNC hack in recorded conversation  —  In late October 2016, less than two weeks before the presidential election, a former adviser to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos, denied to an FBI confidential source …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
It's time to move past employer-based health insurance  —  Joe Biden holds a virtual campaign event on March 13, in Chicago, Illinois.  The scheduled in-person campaign event was canceled due to Covid-19.  Scott Olson/Getty Images  —  The coronavirus shows tying health insurance to jobs is a disaster.
Politico:
Recovery law allows Fed to rope off public as it spends billions  —  Tucked into the recent recovery bill was a provision granting the Federal Reserve the right to set up a $450 billion bailout plan without following key provisions of the federal open meetings law, including announcing …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
US rocked by 6.6 million more initial unemployment claims last week  —  An unprecedented economic collapse continues.  —  The US Department of Labor registered 6.6 million initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending April 4, according to data newly reported on Thursday morning.
New York Times:
Coronavirus Invades Saudi Inner Sanctum  —  More than six weeks after Saudi Arabia reported its first case, the coronavirus is striking at the heart of the kingdom's sprawling royal family.  —  The senior Saudi prince who is governor of Riyadh is in intensive care with the coronavirus.
Discussion: VICE
David Koenig / Las Vegas Sun:
Pandemic has set the number of air travelers back decades  —  The number of Americans getting on airplanes has sunk to a level not seen in more than 60 years as people shelter in their homes to avoid catching or spreading the new coronavirus.  —  The Transportation Security Administration screened fewer …
 
 
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Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Ricketts encourages vote by mail, eyes gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions possibly in May
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As Trump's failures mount, one governor sounds an ominous warning
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Hearst promises journalists at its newspapers no furloughs, no pay cuts
 Earlier Items: 
Axios:
Scoop: Trump administration plan to provide millions of free face masks fizzled
Discussion: Raw Story
Elizabeth Warren / New York Times:
Congress Needs a Plan to Confront the Coronavirus. I Have One.
Devi Shastri / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
In-person voting was likely a ‘disaster’ for Wisconsin's efforts to flatten coronavirus curve, national experts say
Discussion: Raw Story
Manu Raju / CNN:
Colorado Democrat believes Trump awarded ventilators as political favor to vulnerable GOP senator
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Wichita Eagle:
War over Easter: Kansas lawmakers revoke Gov. Kelly's order limiting church gatherings
Discussion: The Hill
Danielle Wiener-Bronner / CNN:
Meat plants are shutting down as workers get sick
Associated Press:
Outcry over racial data grows as virus slams black Americans
Discussion: The Root